Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food For Lymphoma

Jenny asks…

How long can a cat go on fluids alone?

Two weeks ago, she was playful and lovely. Two days ago she was diagnosed with lymphoma. I don’t think she’s eaten for the last 4-5 days, either or both of those things have her incredibly weak. I’ve been giving her 100 cc daily IVs fluid/electrolytes. That’s all the fluid she’s getting because she’s not drinking, either. She doesn’t seem to be in pain. How long can she go without food (and without using the cat box)?

Jimmy answers:

Suq-q or IV fluids will keep a cat hydrated but will not provide any nourishment. A cat needs high protein food to sustain it’s life. A cat who doesn’t eat for several days is at risk of permanent liver damage. Our last dog got ill in his old age and refused to eat. The doctor told us it was just a matter of time before he starved himself to death. We chose to humanly put the dog down. Sadly, this may be your only option. Good luck to you and kitty.

Mark asks…

Is pet insurance really worth it?

I just bought a Golden Retriever puppy 8 weeks old with first shots and first vet checkup. I know that hip/elbow dysplasia are common and expensive so before I pick her up, I am making the up a contract for the breeder to sign stating that she will pay for any medical expenses regarding dysplasia so that is covered.

With dysplasia already covered, is it worth buying puppy/dog health insurance? Who is a good company to buy through?

Jimmy answers:

Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!!! I too have goldens and keep insurance on them. Right now, my 8.5 yr old male was just diagnosed with lymphoma. Try paying for chemo, ultrasounds, misc. Meds. It pays to have it. If you have a golden who say breaks a hip. That’s around $8000 to $10,000. Do you have the cash to pay for that or will you tell your vet you can’t afford to fix the problem and have to enuthanize? I help a couple of golden retriever rescues and most of the goldens who come in had problems their owners could not afford to address. So, the rescue groups end up paying for hip surgeries, injuries cause by being stuck by cars, etc. I highly recommend the new ASPCA pet insurance which offers continuing care. Unfortunately, it’s too late to get that one for my golden with Lymphoma but my other golden is already on it. Once the calendar year ends, his coverage for this disease ends too. I’ve had over $2000 in bills in the past 3 weeks.

FYI, certain genetic problems are rarely covered. Hip displasia is one of them. Still, even if the breeder covers that, you may encounter other issues. Cancer is rampant among retrievers now and other large breeds as well. Another really good thing to do to keep your golden healthy is to start now on a high quality holistic pet food such as Blue Buffalo, Canine Caviaar, Sojo’s, etc. Go with a grain free formula. Remember, dogs are carnivores. They don’t eat corn, wheat and soy and grains fuel cancer cells. Hope this helps you make a good decision for your golden. I personally, just wouldn’t be caught without insurance on myself or my dog. Even my cat too. Mary

Lisa asks…

Maintaining global biodiersity is important to humans because?

Jimmy answers:

Genetic diversity prevents early death, mental retardation, inevitability of chronic illnesses, excessive susceptibility to disease, mental/psychiatric issues and disabilities, etc… For instance, I am ADD, therefore my child has a 75% likeliness of being ADD. If I marry someone with ADD and then procreate, our child is even more likely to have ADD. Another example, incestual procreational relationships tend to spawn children with various forms of mental retardation. Example 3: blonde hair and blue eyes occur in the absence of genetic information, therefore Hitler’s Aryan race would have eventually wiped out humanity, because we would have eventually run out of genetic info.
Pure-bred dogs are also a good example. They tend to have enlarged hearts and short life spans because of their limited genetic variation. Poor little bulldogs can’t even give birth on their own anymore, because people have bred them into such a disabled state. They have a ridiculously high likelihood of developing cancer (lymphoma, specifically, I think). Bulldogs can choke to death on normal sized dog food because of esophageal malformations (product of their breeding) combined with a “smushed” snout. They generally suffer from cherry-eye and have serious weight problems.
When genetic diversity is removed, the chance of a child happening across a gene that would counteract an unhealthy gene is greatly reduced, therefore increasing the likelihood of health problems.

There are a whole lot of health reasons, but, frankly, sociological reasons are just as important. Combining and appreciating diverse cultures, appearances, lifestyles, and beliefs keeps humanity thriving, creative, curious, and progressive.

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